The 22 Best-Sounding Race Cars on Earth

The best of the best.

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Race cars make some of the greatest sounds on the planet. Here are the best of all time, according to you.

Honda RA272

Honda's 1965 Formula 1 entry was the first Japanese-built car to win in the sport. Its V-12 engine displaced just 1.5 liters, and revved to 11,500 RPM.

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Lola T70

The Lola T70 was a popular choice for privateer racers in the 1960s, and for good reason. Thanks to a Chevrolet V-8 wedged behind the cabin, they were cheap to run and plenty quick.

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Lexus LFA

If you thought the Lexus LFA street car sounded good, wait until you hear the racing version. Lexus fielded the car at the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, blessing the German countryside with the howl of that uncorked V-10 engine.

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Any Top-Fuel Dragster

Top-fuel dragsters are the fastest-accelerating land vehicles on earth, able to get from zero to 300 MPH in under five seconds. They generate 5g's of force, and make a truly wild noise. It's hard to convey over video—we recommend going to see the real thing in person to get the full experience.

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Ford GT40

The car that dominated Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s is powered by a lovely American V-8 that we can't get enough of.

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BMW 3.0 CSL

If you like the way the 3.0 CSL looks, you're going to love the way it sounds. That straight-six wail is something most people don't forget.

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Porsche 917

As far as Le Mans-winning engines go, the flat-12 found in the Porsche 917 is among the best. It was powerful and reliable enough to win the fabled 24-hour race twice, and sounded great doing it.

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Porsche 911 RSR

As great as Porsche's vintage flat-12s are, it's hard not to mention its current RSR as well. While many other manufacturers are switching to turbo engines, the 911 race car still has a naturally aspirated flat-six, and it sounds wonderful.

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Sauber-Mercedes C11

Hearing the C11's thunderous V-8 fly through the gears must've been a treat for those on the sidelines watching the 1990 World Sportscar Championship unfold.

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Bentley Continental GT3

Though the Bentley Continental GT3 sports two turbochargers, it still manages to make an intoxicating V-8 roar. The same can't be said for some other manufacturers using forced induction.

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Matra MS670C

The V-12 found in the MS670C displaces just 3.0 liters. Smaller-displacement engines usually sound better, and this one is no different.

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BRM V16

What's better than a 12-cylinder engine? A 16-cylinder engine, of course. Not many cars can make the 16-piston-count claim to fame, but this BRM can.

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BMW Z4 GT3

It's hard to beat a high-strung naturally-aspirated German V-8. The powerplant found in BMW's Z4 race car delivers.

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Audi Quattro Group B

The combination of turbocharger whoosh, anti-lag, and blow-off valve sounds that come from Audi's Group B legend can be extremely addictive.

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Mazda 787B

The 787B was the first car to win Le Mans, and it made wild four-rotor shriek doing so. The noise makes it a fan favorite to this day.

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Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Italian V-12s are great and all, but Italian V-10s deserve a mention too. The one found in the Huracan GT3 makes a blare unlike anything else in the field (besides the Audi R8 GT3, which uses the same engine).

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Corvette C7.R

In a sea of hybrids and turbochargers, it's refreshing to hear the thunderous V-8 roar of Chevy's Corvette race car.

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Any V10-Powered F1 Car

Most F1 fans agree the best era for engine noise in the sport was the V-10 era. The high-pitch screams as cars approached 20,000 RPM were truly wonderful.

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McLaren-Chevy Can Am

This video doesn't have any driving footage, but it's a good way to show just how loud these Chevy-powered Can Am cars really are.

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McLaren F1 GTR

The V-12 powerplant found in the iconic F1 was sourced from BMW. It sounds the best in GTR form.

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Aston Martin DBR9

The DBR9 may not be know for its racing pedigree, but there's no denying it sounds incredible.

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Ferrari 412 T2

Ferrari's '90s V-12 F1 car is perhaps the greatest-sounding V-12 of all time. Listen for yourself and tell me I'm wrong.

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